Starting a new tradition in 2015, we’re putting together monthly SoundCloud “mixtapes”, compiling some of our favorite, mostly new tunes that are catching our ear and setting the tone for the studio each month.

This month’s picks feature some new bands we’re really, really excited about, like the electronic duo Sylvan Esso from Durham, North Carolina  and locals, Little Brutes and some new music from old timers like Sleater-Kinney and German band Lali Puna.

You can listen to all 15 tracks below or on our SoundCloud page. A couple of these tracks are downloadable if you click through and one band included has a free download for today only via KCRW’s Top Tune series.

Expect later mixes to come at the beginning of months from here on out.

Bon weekend, ya’ll.